The sheriff of Leavenworth County said he feels comfortable with the practices followed by his deputies as they interact with jail inmates.

The sheriff of Leavenworth County said he feels comfortable with the practices followed by his deputies as they interact with jail inmates.

But Sheriff Andy Dedeke said it is still important for officers not to become complacent.

“The big thing that we try to preach is don’t become complacent,” Dedeke said.

The sheriff said a deputy can escort the same inmate 20 times without incident. But that does not mean there won’t be a problem the 21st time. Dedeke said it is important for deputies to stay alert and be aware of their surroundings.

Local law enforcement officers received a reminder of the dangers they face when two deputies from the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office were killed last week.

Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were shot Friday while transporting an inmate.

Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office were working at the Wyandotte County jail Wednesday evening and again today. Dedeke said this helped make it possible for deputies from Wyandotte County to attend the visitation and funeral services for the fallen officers.

Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office also have been wearing black bands around their badges in honor of the fallen officers from Wyandotte County.

Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said members of the Leavenworth Police Department also have been wearing black bands around their badges, which he said is a tradition in such situations.

Gov. Jeff Colyer ordered flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor of the fallen deputies.

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